‘Temporary’ doesn’t mean ‘permanent’
Voters should pin candidates down on issue
Here’s a good question to ask candidates as they cross Central Illinois looking for votes as a state representative or senator: Define the word temporary.
It’s an important question, because the General Assembly elected in November will decide whether the income tax increase shrinks after 2014.
Let’s remember back to Jan. 11, 2011, when legislators – with the help of several lame ducks – passed the bill that increased personal income taxes by 67 percent and employer income taxes by 46 percent. Here’s what Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, said; “A portion of this tax [increase] is going to expire in 4 years. This, again, is a temporary tax.”
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